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Local Foods & COVID-19 Resources

As we navigated the challenges of COVID-19, our team created programs and resources to stay connected with local farms and food businesses by:
  • sharing research based information;
  • helping clarify rules, regulations, policies, and recommendations;
  • providing opportunities for learning from others during the pandemic and beyond.
See below for a list of these programs and resources.


Screenshot of Farmers Market Guidelines & COVID-19 Resource

Farmers Market Guidelines & COVID-19 Resource

To help market managers and others involved with a farmers market's daily operations, our team created a helpful Q&A resource that detailed how to safely operate during COVID-19.

This document was updated in April 2021 with the most current recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Download our Farmers Market Guidelines and COVID-19 Resource!


Screenshot of the Fall Farm Activity Guidelines & COVID-19 Resource

Fall Farm Activity Guidance & COVID-19 Resource

Review our team's national award-winning resource on how to safely operate fall farm activities safely during a pandemic. Updated as of August 2021, the Fall Farm Activity Guidelines & COVID-19 was a collaboration with the Arkansas Agritourism
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Local Foods Open Space Discussions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team hosted periodic discussions with the local foods community in Arkansas. Participants represented many stakeholder groups of our local food systems:
  • Farms, farmers markets, CSA's;
  • small grocers, cottage food businesses, food stands;
  • farm-to-school programs;
  • restaurants, pop-up food shops, and other food businesses.
The discussions include short presentations on timely topics followed by a Q&A. Click the "View Discussion Recordings" link below to browse the topics.

View Discussion Recordings


Please reach out with questions to Extension's Local, Regional, & Safe Foods team members. 

UAEX Local, Regional & Safe Foods